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Cranbrook as a Diverse Community

Our school purposefully cultivates a culture of belonging through our people, campus, and programs. We are a community that practices respect, interdependence, and scholarship. As our campus mottos affirm, we Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve, and Aim High. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are elemental to our international identity. Welcome to this grand adventure as we build together.
The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access supports Cranbrook possibilities as students, teachers, families, and professionals. Our effort is to grow our awareness of self, of all people, of the environment, and of civil discourse.

"The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility, we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom."
-bell hooks

How We Aim High

Enter to Learn

Did You Know?

List of 6 items.

  • Cranbrook defines…

    Community as that which actively engenders support, builds connection, shares purpose, and achieves big goals.
    • Inclusion is achieved when everyone has a sense of belonging.
    • Diversity is the intentional representation of human variation within our CEC community.
    • Equity is fairness, giving people access to what they need to thrive. Its design and development ensure a barrier-free community that removes the predictability of success or failure based on resources, opportunity, identity, or treatment.
    • Access is how we meet the needs of people who enter Cranbrook Schools so they can fully engage in what we offer: our buildings and grounds, learning programs, communication and technology, and fee structures.
  • Cranbrook understands...

    ...diversity includes race, gender (expression and identity), age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, social and economic class, physical ability, neurodiversity, religion, and characteristics that contribute to each individual's full identity.
  • Cranbrook adheres...

    ...to robust accreditation standards that support our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to align mission with equitable practice.
  • Cranbrook offers...

    ...more than 50 student clubs and organizations that develop leadership skills, cross-cultural competence, and a collaborative work ethic.
  • Cranbrook accesses...

    ...local college/ university and community organizations’ resources to enhance intercultural and intracultural dialogue.
  • Cranbrook has...

    ...global programs that partner with the Irmak Schools in Turkey, the Global Online Academy, and “Namtenga” in Burkina Faso, Africa. 

Go Forth to Serve

Did You Know?

List of 7 items.

  • Cranbrook teachers and staff...

    ...present and facilitate DEI peer training such as Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED Program) locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Cranbrook’s Horizon-Upward Bound...

    ...since 1965, has been a part of the community assisting with higher education access and academic enrichment for low-income, first generation college public school students.
  • Cranbrook student demographics...

    ...enhance our growth and value as a learning community. We have students from 24 countries, 19 states, and over 60 cities in Michigan.
  • Cranbrook student leaders...

    ...design and build youth programs such as our nationally recognized Bridge the Divide, which brings public and independent school students together in work partnerships with metropolitan Detroit communities.
  • Cranbrook people...

    …serve on local, regional, national, and international DEI boards and committees. Cranbrook teachers, staff and students often present at the NAIS-sponsored People of Color Conference.
  • Cranbrook alums...

    …make a difference! Many select to work in public sectors in the service of public health and community development. Alumni support established our groundbreaking Wellness Initiative and Peer 2 Peer student support network.
  • Cranbrook hosts...

    ...local, national, and international DEI sustainability programs at our School, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Center for Collections & Research, and House and Gardens.

Community Resources

Members of the Cranbrook Schools community: click the link below to access the complete calendar, resources, articles, and topics on CranNet.